Dr Barry Simpson

Dr Barry Simpson

Phone number
+44 (0)121 204 3609


Room number
Main Building 180A

I worked as a town planner in local government for six years before moving to Aston University as a lecturer in town planning and later in transport planning.  He was an examiner to the Royal Town Planning Institute for 15 years and has been a member of the editorial panel of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a consultant to the Transport and Road Research Laboratory.

Qualifications & Education

  • PhD ‘The theoretical development and application of threshold analysis to assess land development costs’, LSE 1977.

  • MSc, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Strathclyde 1972.


  • 1977 – date: Lecturer, Aston University

  • 1969 -70, 1972-77: Town Planner, Local Government

Teaching activity


LT 1303: Development and Regulation of Transport
LT 1304: Principles of Transport Planning
LT 1312: Literature Review Project
LT 2202: Environmental Economics
LT 3201: Passenger Service Provision
LT 3203: Political Institutions
LT 336a: Final year project proposal
LT 336b: Final year project
LT 3401: Transport Assessments
LT 3402: Implementing Transport Policy                    


TR 4101: Policies to promote accessibility
TR 4301: Statistical methods for transport studies
TR 4104: Planning techniques
TR 4105: Passenger transport planning
TR 4305: Dissertation preparation
TR 4306: MSc dissertation

Post experience Certificate in Transport and Town Planning (6 modules)

Research interests
Interactions between transport and land use planning policy.

Selected publications

Several books and numerous papers on transport policy and land use planning e.g.

  • Road traffic reduction plans, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Municipal Engineer, vol. 127, June 1998, pp. 73-93. 

  • Issues in integrating land use and transport policy: evidence from south west Birmingham,  Geography, vol. 87, no. 4, October 2002, pp. 355-366.

  • Increasing travel and consequences for service centres in part of the Black Country,  Geography, vol. 89, no. 2, April 2004, pp. 165-17.

  • Accessibility planning and controlling demand, Traffic Engineering and Control, 46(7) July 2005, pp. 245-247.

  • Implementing Planning Policy Statement 6, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Municipal Engineer, vol. 159 no. 3,September 2006, pp. 1-11.

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